What a wonderful surprise.

The people of Daglan never cease to surprise me with their friendliness. Yesterday we were given a Potjie pot by one of our neighbours. We have seen these wonderful pots on display in many antique markets here in the Perigord so we are so thrilled to be given one by Michael yesterday.

The Potjie is a traditional cast iron pot which dates back to the iron age when humans learned to cast iron into vessels of different shapes and sizes for a variety of purposes. These pots developed a sense of mystery and magic in the 1500’s when they were linked to witches and druids. They are called witches cauldrons today in many areas of England. The Potjie pot also brings to mind cannibals and the name “missionary pot.” Say no more!

Double, double toil and trouble

 

It was during this area 1500’s that the round belly three legged cooking pot developed as the ideal pot to have in the kitchen for it is perfect for use over on an open fire. In the mid 1600’s the Potjie pot was introduced to Africa by the explorers, who used the pot extensively. It was during this period that the tribal African’s saw this pot and traded it for animal hides and other commodities, replacing the clay pots for cooking. As a result the pots are used extensively in Africa today showing how the pot has stood the test of time.

Thank you so much for our Potjie pot Michael it is a real treasure.
 
 

Event:- Not to be missed. 8 à Huit Supermarketon the 17th December will be serving hot drinks, alsatian cakes and gingerbread, yummy.

Do not forget that Star Wars is now showing at the Rex cinema in Sarlat.

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An English Themed Sarlat. Part Two

Or stay calm Christmas is coming.

Along the main Rue de la République, the Medieval Quarter and in fact almost every shop window in Sarlat the flags are flying. Red, white and blue is everywhere you look, on trees, on lamp posts and on buildings. Below is just a taster which I hope that everyone will enjoy.

We loved the red telephone boxes in the window of the Tourism Office.
 

On parade, anyone for a cup of tea?
 

One of the many shops decorated for Christmas.
 

Our favourite shop for morning breakfast, Pâtisserie Massoulier decorated in the British theme.
 

Inside there are shelves crammed with Christmas delights.
 

I know I look like an elf. My wish is “one of everything please Santa”.
 
 

Event:- Château de Castelnaud, December 26 to the 30th. Medieval flavours and cooking.
 
 

An English Themed Sarlat. Part One

On a very cold morning Paul and I decided to visit the Sarlat Village de Noël, well to be honest it was my idea, I just could not wait to see the forty chalets brimming with Christmas delights.

Arts and crafts from all over France descend on Sarlat this time of year selling everything that a person would need for the Christmas season. Lovers of gastronomy are not forgotten with gourmet products to eat on the spot or to take away.

If you would like something warming there are a few taverns selling hot mulled wine and chestnuts. Plus artisan beer, macaroons, and candies. There is also a large open air skating rink and numerous entertainments for the children.
 

Entrance to the Village de Noël.
 

A London black cab and on the right is Santa’s Grotto and elf workshop.
 

Union Flags are everywhere as you walk along the red carpet.
 

Pretzels or candy anyone?
 

Me outside Buckingham Place.
 

One way to attract the attention of British visitors to their lovely honey chalet.
 

Getting ready for the ice skaters.

Sarlat Village de Noël is open until the end of December.

Part Two will be in a few days time which will focus onto the main street and the Medieval Quarter of Sarlat.
 
 

Smoke on the Water!

Paul and I think of this song and sing it every time we see the mist rising like smoke from the Dordogne river, a truly gorgeous site. Minus six degrees a few days ago and minus four yesterday but we are not complaining. Well sometimes, but not that often.

Excitement was raised when the snow started to fall but it was gone by the morning. I still love throwing snow balls so I shall just have to be patient a while longer. The last heavy snow fall was about five years ago, so maybe we are overdue for another one.

Breakfast picnic in the warmth of the car at Castlenaud, so cold outside that the river steamed.
 

Mist rising up over the bridge at Castlenaud.
 

This is the first time that we have seen icicles in this area. Time to return home to the fire I think.
 
 

Event:- Sarlat Christmas Market will be open from this Wednesday and throughout December, brilliant.
 
 

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.

As you can tell by the pictures below, Daglan is getting ready for Christmas. As a super treat we have a work of art painted on the Supermarket doors which was created by Evelyne, Virginie’s Mama (Virginie and Chris run the 8 à Huit Supermarket in the village).

A superb artist at work.
 

Wow, a Christmas show stopper.
 

Inside the shop looks brilliant too with baubles and Santa to greet the shoppers.

 

We are very blessed, we have a wonderful painting at the Supermarket that we can see from our side window and a fabulous tree in the square outside our front window
 

Here is the tree being bedecked in trimmings and lights.

 
 

Event:- Sarlat Christmas Market which will start next Wednesday.